Borneo Cultural Festival 2008 Closing Ceremony

bcf 2008 closing

The Borneo Cultural Festival 2008 has come and gone and the closing ceremony during the weekend was a grand affair, with fireworks and performances to mark the end of the BCF 2008. I have attended the festival for most days of the week and the turnout was great, with the festival being packed full of people despite the drizzle.

This is a performance by TUKU KAME featuring Jerry Kamit during the closing ceremony. They’re also slated to perform at the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) later this week in Kuching.

eddy mary poh poh

I haven’t had dinner yet, and thus we went in search for food with Eddy, his nephew, Mary and Mr. Poh (not me). Last call for tuak and all that. πŸ˜‰

pansoh ikan

We had pansoh ikan (fish cooked in bamboo)…


…and lemang (glutenous rice wrapped in pandan leaves).

I heard a haunting refrain of The Phantom of the Opera and went to film a video of the performance. You have to watch this – the vocal range of the female singer is amazing!

me simmy

I also went to Simmy’s booth while I was there and talked to her about photography and models in Sibu for an upcoming project I’m doing. She’s a professional freelance photographer and she has a website with her photography portfolio.

haircutting demo

The major hairstylists were out in force at the BCF 2008 with free haircutting sessions. I just got a haircut but went for it anyway just for fun.

getting haircut

She ended up butchering my hair a little, with one side longer than the other but people claim that it’s not very noticeable anyway, having the chubby face that comes with my weight gain.

me hairstylist

I’m not very sure what to think of that. Blessing in disguise? Or friendly hints that I need to lose some weight? Hmm… πŸ˜‰


The BCF 2008 is also about having fun and the carnival games is a place where you can get fleeced into paying RM 100 for a Made in China stuffed toy that costs RM 0.20 and yet have fun while doing it. Fleeced for fun. πŸ˜‰


There are a lot of different carnival games ranging from bingo…

ping pong

…to ping pong ball based games.

playing ping pong

I managed to get a turtle key chain for my efforts.


“May you have a prosperous and beautiful future”. Wow, thanks turtle! =D


There is also a shooting game that I played in an inebriated state…


…doing the usual stuff people do when they’re less than sober. I love the expression of the guy next to me. πŸ™‚

I find that I’m a little bit annoying (even to myself) when I get past a certain state of sobriety though.

darts dodge

It’s also not a good idea to be going for the dart games in an inebriated state. Look at how far the girl is dodging from my questionable aim. Hmm…I didn’t notice that until now. She memang siam hui hui.

darts 2

I managed to win RM 2 after spending RM 25…and I felt pleased. Jesus Christ…


I’m so childish sometimes, I amaze even myself…

mary wins

Mary, rating higher on the sobriety scale than myself, managed to win two pillows. Hmph…

bcf finale

BCF 2008 is fun for all ages (and especially for the inner child in you). There are cultural shows, fashion shows, and games galore. You can drink yourself into a stupor and shoot less-than-straight photographs of the events (which is quite fun in it’s own right). πŸ˜‰

I’m not sure if you’ll want to fly all the way here if you’re not from Sarawak, but the timing is good – right before the RWMF 2008 kicks off in Kuching, so drop by if you’re already here. Cheers from Sibu!

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11 thoughts on “Borneo Cultural Festival 2008 Closing Ceremony”

  1. that guy next to you at the shooting booth, his expression was like ‘amat palau uchak tu’ (this guy is seriously intoxicated) hahaha!
    from the look alone, can’t tell you are in that inebriated state. lol!

  2. You are so brave, i can’t belive you went for the free haircut -_-, that’s the difference between men and women
    PS : Thanks for stopping by the other day

  3. That girl singing the Phantom song must be a member of the national-level interschool choir competition runners-up – from your alma mater!
    P.S.: Mary, you look so cute there. Now, can I have one of the pillows…or both? U go and hug ur Mr Poh, enuf liao lor!!! LOL!!

  4. Yup, darren…and don’t u think the girl at the balloon stall is pretty smart? With HB in his intoxicated state, he might hit her balloons instead!!! ROTFLMAO!!!

  5. bongkersz: Yeah, I know. No one can tell if I’m intoxicated just by looking at me. Thus, if I can keep my mouth shut and walk properly, no one would even know I’m drinking. However, once I open my mouth…
    …well, the video shows it all. πŸ˜‰
    goolooloo: You look great in the photo lah. πŸ™‚
    Simmy: It’s called Dutch Courage. πŸ˜‰
    No problem, thanks for the information about models. I shall see if I need them tomorrow.
    nkwai: Haha! Well, he was probably wondering if I was going to entertain him (and others) by actually pulling the trigger. I reckon it would hurt the sensitive part inside the mouth something awful.
    Choonie: I want to, but I can’t. I’ve got something else coming up this weekend. πŸ™
    suituapui: OMG! Really? Quick, introduce me. I love her vocal range. She’s amazing. Sing angel sing!
    Darren: No, I don’t have a gun. πŸ˜‰
    suituapui: Haha! Mate, you’ve got a wicked sense of humor. I was ROTFLMAO when I read that. πŸ™‚
    True, she might be concerned about me mistaking her assets for the targets. πŸ˜‰

  6. in all seriousness, can u make a recommendation for a rehabilitation centre? i feel like i need a break.

  7. fried chicken: I would have emailed you but it seems you prefer to remain anonymous, which is understandable. I’m glad you decided to make this decision.
    New Hope (KL)
    28 day Narcotics Anonymous (NA) based private rehab center. RM 4,000 for the 28 days, inclusive of meals and other expenses. Minimum security, no alcohol or drugs allowed. Smoking is permitted with quotas (last time was 6 cigarettes per day) Prescription medications MAY be allowed depending on circumstances, but tapering is mandatory.
    Go to this one if you’re sure you can be clean after 28 days (e.g. not relapse).
    It’s run by a guy called Chris from GlenEagles. He’s a psychologist specializing in addiction recovery and ALSO an ex-heroin user. There are two other ex-users on site (one of whom is the younger brother of Chris).
    Serves halal food. The food is great to boot! I’ll give you the contact if you email me at
    Renewal Life Center
    2 years of tough love based on a TC (Therapeutic Community) concept. Very strict discipline, no smoking OR prescription drugs allowed. The residents have means to get cigarettes in anyway, but I’m presuming you want to quit drugs and alcohol, not smoking. RM 500 per month.
    It’s a Christian facility, so you may be force indoctrinated with The Good Book…which may not be a bad thing, depending on your religion.
    Non-halal food, heavy security (12 foot walls, facility fully locked down). No outside contact allowed for the first three (3) months.
    Pusat Serenti
    You know what this is, but it got me clean. Very high security and disciplinary measures. Check in your pride at the door. 2 year program, but you can get out in 1 year depending on your “progress”.
    No drugs and alcohol (at least not in the one I went to) but tobacco is common. Quite dirty and you’ll be rather tanned when you come out due to the sun exposure and work regulations.
    Those are the three I went to. I can’t help you if you don’t give me a valid email address, buddy. Just create a temporary one and I’ll email you the two contacts. You don’t need a contact for Pusat Serenti. They have a…very lax policy for incoming residents, shall we say. πŸ˜‰


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